As a child I would sometimes accompany my coal miner father to the colliery a.k.a. the pit, to collect his pay from the wages office. A cut out in the glass window allowed the wages clerk to pass the small brown envelope containing my dad’s wages to him. No direct deposits in those days. Real money in your hand.
I felt like a big girl, walking through the busy work areas on the surface of the mine. I saw the big wheel that worked the shaft elevator (also known as the cage), saw the coalminers entering and leaving the cage as they started or finished their shift. I always loved seeing the pit pony, as the appointed coalminer walked it safely through the busy work area. On the surface was the offices, the engine room and the building that housed the showers. Believe me ladies, if your man was a coalminer there was NO WAY he was coming into the house covered in coal dust. Even after their hurried shower they still came home looking as if they were wearing black eyeliner.
But for all I saw, it was still only the surface of the coal mine that I experienced. The surface was an interesting place. But the coal, the treasure, lay deep below my feet.
I wonder how many of us have settled for a surface experience in our walk with the Lord? We settle for what we can see. We get involved in the busyness of church life, we give the right churchy responses while all along we have not dug deep into getting to know Jesus and the riches of His love.
And I ask him with both feet planted firmly on love, you’ll be able to take in with all Christians the extravagant dimensions of Christ’s love. Ephesians 3 msg
To get to the riches of God, we have to leave the surface and choose to go deeper. Lord, take us deeper, show us more of your character. Show us who you are. Your love, your compassion and your grace.
As we allow His very character to saturate us on the inside. It is then, that those very same characteristics will flow out from us to others.
Time to Go
Go Down; down on our knees, to give thanks and praise for God’s provision.
Go Up; keeping our eyes looking up to our heavenly Father for His direction.
Go Out; move out of our comfort zones.
Go Beyond; beyond our self imposed boundaries.
Go forward; moving forward in our personal walk with God, into the future He has for us.
Go Deeper; deeper in the Lord than we have ever gone before.
Looking to Jesus. Living in His Radiance